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Paula Hamilton BA (Hons), FHEA

Senior Lecturer in Criminology


Summary

As senior lecturer I am responsible for the development and delivery of range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules. I also act as academic adviser for final year dissertation students. I am also involved in the development and delivery of the Professional Qualifying Framework for Probation Officers across the North West and Yorkshire and Humberside provided by Sheffield Hallam.

About

As an undergraduate, I read politics at Liverpool University receiving the John Patterson University Undergraduate Scholarship for academic achievement. In 1999, I began my Probation Officer training, gaining a further degree in Community Justice from Manchester University. Following qualification, I worked as a Probation Officer in Greater Manchester before joining Manchester University as a lecturer in Criminology and Community justice. I came to Sheffield Hallam in September 2002.

Whilst at Hallam I have held a range of academic and administrative posts and have been involved as researcher and lead researcher in a range of contract research projects with the Hallam Centre for Community Justice.

My teaching and research interests include gender and crime/criminal justice, particularly violence against women; penology; criminal justice/penal policy, and the use of qualitative methods, particularly narrative enquiry, in criminological research.

I was awarded a University Inspirational Teaching Award for the academic year 2011/12.

Research

I am currently completing my doctoral research; a narrative enquiry into how people desist from a previously criminal lifestyle and of the role of contemporary rehabilitative interventions in that process.

I have been have been involved in a range of contract research, for example an investigation of the efficacy of help lines for victims and perpetrators of domestic violence at Manchester University, and an evaluation of a multi-agency service to respond to domestic violence with the Hallam Centre for Community Justice.

Publications

Book chapters

Hamilton, P. (2016). Emotions and identity transformation. In Robinson, A., & Hamilton, P. (Eds.) Moving on from crime and substance use: transforming identities. (pp. 19-42). Bristol: Policy Press: https://policypress.co.uk/moving-on-from-crime-and-substance-use#book-detail-tabs-stison-block-content-1-0-tab2

Hamilton, P. (2016). Extending the ‘desistance and recovery debates’: Thoughts on identity. In Robinson, A., & Hamilton, P. (Eds.) Moving on from crime and substance use: Transforming identities. (pp. 9-18). Bristol: Policy Press: http://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctt1t88xzs.5

Goodwin, S. (2016). Lived desistance: understanding how women experience giving up offending. In Robinson, A., & Hamilton, P. (Eds.) Moving on from crime and substance use: transforming identities. (pp. 67-90). Bristol: Policy Press: http://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctt1t88xzs.8

Robinson, A. (2016). Growing out of crime? Problems, pitfalls and possibilities. In Robinson, A., & Hamilton, P. (Eds.) Moving on from crime and substance use: transforming identities. (pp. 91-120). Bristol: Policy Press: https://policypress.co.uk/moving-on-from-crime-and-substance-use

Burrows, J. (2016). Fear and loathing in the community: sexual offenders and desistance in a climate of risk and 'extreme othering'. In Robinson, A., & Hamilton, P. (Eds.) Moving on from crime and substance use transforming identities. (pp. 153-174). Policy Press: https://policypress.co.uk/moving-on-from-crime-and-substance-use

Sloan, J. (2016). Men, prison and aspirational masculinities. In Robinson, A., & Hamilton, P. (Eds.) Moving on from crime and substance use: Transforming identities. (pp. 43-66). Bristol: Policy Press: http://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctt1t88xzs.7

Best, D. (2016). Social identity, social networks and social capital in desistance and recovery. In Robinson, A., & Hamilton, P. (Eds.) Moving on from crime and substance use: Transforming identities. (pp. 175-194). Bristol: Policy Press: http://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctt1t88xzs.12

Irving, J. (2016). Alcoholics anonymous: Sustaining behavioural change. In Robinson, A., & Hamilton, P. (Eds.) Moving on from crime and substance use: Transforming Identities. (pp. 195-228). Bristol: Policy Press: http://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctt1t88xzs.13

Hamilton, P., & Albertson, K. (2015). Reflections on values and ethics in narrative inquiry with (ex-)offenders. In Cowburn, M., Duggan, M., Robinson, A., & Senior, P. (Eds.) Values in criminology and community justice. (pp. 329-342). London: Policy Press

Books

Robinson, A., & Hamilton, P. (Eds.). (2016). Moving on from crime and substance use: Transforming identities. Bristol: Policy Press. https://policypress.co.uk/moving-on-from-crime-and-substance-use

Reports

Hamilton, P., Wilkinson, K., Meadows, L., & Cadet, N. (2008). The answers are within me. An evaluation of a person centred counselling service for men at HMP Doncaster who have had experience of domestic violence 2005-2007. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/hccj/publications_reports.html

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